If your child has accepted Jesus as their savior and is interested in taking communion, we have created this just for you! As parents, we wanted to empower you and give you the tools and words to help lead your home and kids into what “communion” is all about! To help you do that, this website explains what it is, answers questions they may have, and prepares them for this special tradition.
To ensure that communion is a meaningful action for your child, we’ve put together some videos and a few questions for you to walk through with them. We are so honored to be able to partner with you to see your child become all that God has called them to be! Enjoy this lesson!
-Souls Kids Team
What Is Communion?
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
What is communion? What does it mean? These are all great questions kids may ask. Take a moment to watch this fun video for an amazing foundation to what communion is all about! (Video length: 2.23 minutes)
If you would like to go a bit deeper, check out this video for more about what communion is all about! (Video length: 5 minutes)
Family Communion Devotion
Communion is a time we pause and remember – what Jesus has done for us. As a follower of Jesus, the Bible teaches us that anyone who has surrendered their life to Jesus and has an understanding of what it means can do communion as a remembrance of what Jesus has done! It is important to note that the elements are not what make the sacrament and moment holy, but what makes it holy is that we are honoring and remembering Jesus.
And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 (ESV)
According to the Bible, those who take communion must be humble, born again, free of unconfessed sin, and living in obedience to God (1 Cor 11:28). For the converted, repentant sinner, the Lord’s Table is a welcome place of knowing God’s provision and resting in His grace.
Family Communion Discussion
As you discern if your child is ready for an understands communion, below are some questions to ask them. After each question, you will see some sample answers that indicate your child understands.
WHAT IS COMMUNION?
Communion is when Christians eat bread and drink grape juice at church or in a group as a moment to remember what Jesus has done for us.
WHO STARTED COMMUNION?
Jesus started this tradition as a way to remember what He did at the cross.
WHAT DOES COMMUNION STAND FOR?
When you take communion, the bread represents Jesus’ body that was broken for us so we can be healed and and the grape juice represents the blood of Jesus that was shed for all of our sins.
CAN ANYONE TAKE COMMUNION?
Yes, anyone who has given their heart and life to Jesus and wants to remember what Jesus did for them at the cross. (1 Cor 11:23-26)
WHAT IS ONE BIBLE VERSE TO MEMORIZE ABOUT COMMUNION?
Luke 22:19 says “This is my body which was given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
WHAT DOES COMMUNION HELP US REMEMBER?
Communion is a time that reminds us that Jesus is the center of it all.
If your child is easily able to answer these questions about communion, they are ready to do it when the next opportunity comes!
Communion at Home
Below are a few tips for having a successful communion time personally, with your family or life group:
Plan a time and communicate to your family or life group ahead of time.
If possible, set a time and place and we encourage you to get the word out ahead of time. This gives others joining you plenty of time to get together something to eat and drink in place of the normal crackers and juice most churches provide.
Share what communion means.
Communion is one of two powerful traditions in the church as it was instituted by Jesus and reminds us what He has and continues to do for us to help us “come into union” with Him! It is a representation of two things: 1) The cracker/bread represents the body of Jesus that was broken, bruised, and crushed for our spiritual, emotional, and physical healing. 2) The juice represents the blood of Jesus that was shed for every sin we would ever commit.
God’s word is powerful and reflective. Here are a few verses you can look to for guidance:
1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NIV) “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”
Isaiah 53:5 (NIV) “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
Hebrews 9:22 “Without the shedding of blood there is neither release from sin and its guilt nor the remission of the due and merited punishment for sins.”
Exodus 12:13 (NLT) “But the blood on your doorposts will serve as a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood, I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike the land of Egypt.”
1 Corinthians 5:7 (NIV) “Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.”
We encourage you to pray throughout your communion element, specifically thanking God for the blood of Jesus that was shed and body of Jesus that was broken for our healing. As always, be sure to end the moment in prayer as well.
A prayer example may be:
“Dear Lord, thank you for dying for me. Today I remember your sacrifice – that you died for my freedom and my forgiveness. Today I remember you body was broken so I may be healed. Thank you for healing me, in Jesus’ name (take the bread). I also remember your blood was shed for my forgiveness of all past, present, and future sins. Forgive me for anything I have done to come between us, show me how I can live for you even stronger, and thank you for your forgiveness, I receive it right now, in Jesus’ name (take the juice). I receive all you have done for me at the cross 2000 years ago, continue to work in me!”
May you enjoy this special time!